Why choose a rescue dog?

Why choose a rescue dog?

If you’ve never adopted a rescue dog, you might not think it’s for you. But trust us, it is! Adopting a dog in need is even better than buying a puppy from a breeder or pet store. Want to know more?

You know what you’re getting

Our adoptable dogs live in foster homes until they find new families, and it gives us the chance to really get to know them. Besides the basics like the dog’s age, size, and any health concerns, we’ll be able to tell you what kind of temperament each dog has, and what kind of lifestyle would be a good match for them.

You’ll know their health history

Every RAGOM dog has had a full medical examination, and are treated for most health concerns. They’re also spayed or neutered. When you adopt, you’ll receive the dog’s medical records and be made aware of any health issues, so you know what to expect.

You’ll save money

Some people think you have to spend a lot of money to get a good dog. This could not be farther from the truth! For starters, many people think they’re getting a quality dog because he or she “came with papers”. But those papers don’t mean anything – the breeder paid a small fee for the puppy to receive the certification, but no one inspects the puppy for health, or the breeder to ensure the dogs are well cared for. Adoption fees are much lower than the cost of buying a dog, and as mentioned above, when you adopt, your dog will have most health issues addressed, and you’ll be made aware of any others for which you need to budget. And if the dog you’re adopting isn’t already sterilized, your adoption fee will include the cost of spay/neuter if you have the procedure done at one of the veterinary clinics with which RAGOM partners.


With adult dogs, you don’t have to go through the puppy stage!

Sure, puppies are absolutely adorable. But they’re not housetrained. They’ll have accidents in the house, a lot of them. You’ll need to be prepared to get them outside frequently to teach them where to go to the bathroom, and you won’t be able to leave them for long periods of time.

Puppies also chew, a lot! Even with lots of toys available for them, they’ll undoubtedly wreck things in your house – your favorite clothes, shoes, towels, or furniture.

Puppies also require a lot of medical care. There are vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery to consider. All of which add up to a lot of money right from the start.

Adopting a rescue dog is incredibly rewarding

Ask anyone who has adopted a rescue dog, and they’ll all say the same thing. Adopting is incredibly rewarding. Watching your dog transform is such a special experience, and the bond you will share with your rescue dog is like no other. Remember – not all rescue dogs are “damaged”! Many are healthy and
social and will adapt to their new home with you easily. Other rescue dogs will require more rehabilitation and patience, but you’ll be provided with the information you need to help your new dog transform.

You’ll have many resources available to you when you adopt a dog, and you’ll become part of a larger community that wants you and the dog to succeed. Whenever you have questions about your newly adopted dog, there will be someone available to help you! 

Mack and Nancy

You’ll help even more dogs

When you adopt a dog, it frees up a foster home to save another dog in need, so you’ll save two dogs by adopting one. And your impact will be even greater – others will notice what a positive experience you’ve had. They’ll want to adopt a dog too, and the ripple effect will continue. 

Save a life

Unfortunately, there are millions of homeless dogs in the United States alone. The sad reality is that a lot of them will be euthanized. Most of these dogs aren’t diseased or aggressive like you might expect – they’re healthy, friendly, wonderful dogs who deserve a second chance.

When you choose rescue, you’re saving a life. And you just might find, in their own special way, your new family member might change your life, too.